Nanortalik – Greenland’s most southerly town – is unlike any other town in the country. Sat on a small island at the end of a wonderful fjord and surrounded by vast snow-topped mountains, the ‘Place of Polar Bears’ is unique.
The small woodlands and prairies against a spectacular backdrop make this is a nature lover’s paradise. Polar bears live and hunt on the sea ice close to the town and are often seen from the shores of Nanortalik, while seals and whales can also be spotted in the surrounding waters.[ReadMoreMob] In the winter months, visitors may be lucky enough to capture the Aurora Borealis – Mother Nature’s own spectacular display, with curtains of white, yellow and green flashes lighting up the sky.
Beyond its natural wonders, the town has a well preserved historic quarter where there are cafés and an unusual wooden church. Brightly coloured houses line the streets, while the Nanortalik Museum has some fascinating exhibits including the oldest women’s boat ever found, which dates back to 1440 and was found by polar explorer and artist, Eigil Knuth.
Open Air Museum
This fascinating Open Air Museum features a collection of interesting buildings, an Inuit summer camp and a Umiaq and kayak exhibition. Together these exhibits present a detailed insight into community development in Nanortalik, from the time of Inuit origins to the present day. Behind the museum's main building a summer hunting camp has been recreated to showcase what life in the Arctic is traditionally like.
Greenland Choir Recital
During a visit to a beautiful church, guests can relax and enjoy a performance of traditional songs from talented locals dressed in authentic national costume. Greenlanders are renowned for their singing, so an opportunity to listen to psalms and hymns here always makes for a memorable, emotive experience.
Kayak Show and Umiaq Show
Taking place on the stretch of water in front of the summer hunting camp at the Open Air Museum, the kayak show provides a unique opportunity to experience how the hunters of Greenland have prospered for centuries. Visitors can learn about how hunters mastered various techniques, such as the 'Eskimo Roll', to survive in the toughest stormy conditions. The show also presents fantastic photo opportunities to take advantage of from the beach.
Cruises to Nanortalik
Exploring the Arctic with the Midnight Sun • T2121
- A rare opportunity to see the Midnight Sun in Norway
- Be mesmerised by small ship scenic cruising
- Make memories ashore, with chances to explore the Qooroq Ice Fjord
Fjords & Icebergs of Remote Greenland • S2119
- Borealis will show you the wonders of Greenland’s remote regions
- Experience scenic cruising of awe-inspiring Prins Christiansund
- Explore Qaqortoq and Nanortalik’s for a taste of local history